This is amazing, solid advice! These are great, practical tips if you want to work from home.
When you have a traditional 9-5, it’s easy to have a productive morning. You settle into a routine. Wake up, shower, breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, drive to work, check emails, and get started with your day. When working from home, it can be harder to get into a routine. You don’t have to shower or get dressed, and the only guidelines you have for the day are deadlines (which are often self-imposed).
It takes practice and discipline to avoid the temptation of a mid-day nap, or a two hour Netflix break. Add in family, kids, pets, and household chores and it becomes super difficult to stay focused! For tips on becoming more productive in the morning and making the most of your time, check out this post by Lexi at Glitter Inc.:
-Start with coffee and breakfast- caffeine and brain food will wake you up and get your brain working for the day.
-If you have kids, get the little ones situated- get them to school, or in front of some activity that will keep them busy.
-Get one big task done- if you’re a blogger, write a post immediately and get it published!
-THEN check your email.
-Tackle social media/scheduling after. Find an order of doing tasks that works for you, then stick to it!
When I work, I sit on my couch in my pajamas with my computer in my lap and in full view of the TV. I usually have a bunch of other tabs open in my browser- Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, etc., and I get distracted easily. I’d love to make my own home office area (I’m in college as well, so having a designated work/homework space would do wonders for me), but I’m not quite sure where to start. That’s why I love this infographic by Tipsographic! Here are their tips for creating the perfect environment when you work from home (it’s also great for students!):
-Avoid fluorescent lights, place your desk next to a window for lots of natural lights.
-Eliminate distractions- place your office in a room with no TV, use apps to block distracting websites.
-Eliminate clutter- a few well placed decorations/potted plants are great, but too many are distracting. Keep anything that’s NOT work-related off your desk.
-Get dressed, and create a schedule for the day. Timing your breaks will keep them shorter instead of wasting hours on Netflix or cleaning up around the house.
I have to admit, I love the idea of working in the medical field. I love helping people and have a HUGE amount of respect for nurses, doctors, EMTs, orderlies, and anyone else who heals people full time. However, while I admire others’ abilities to do so, I don’t think I have the personality type to work in a hospital or doctor’s office. However, there are actually plenty of jobs in the medical field where you never have to leave your home! Check out these ideas by Miranda Grimm at Work At Home Adventures:
-Medical coding and transcription
-Case management (usually must be an RN)
-Medical reviewers (RN)
-Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sales jobs
If you have a brand to grow (maybe you’re a Realtor, small business owner, blogger, or freelancer), you absolutely can’t be shy about promoting yourself. However, that doesn’t mean you have to sink thousands of dollars into advertising! There are plenty of ways to market yourself for free. Check out this post by Lisa at A Day In Your Shoes for ideas. Here are some of my favorites:
-Create your own Facebook page and Twitter account and post from them yourself
-Create content and post it on Pinterest
-Host a class at your local library or rec center
-Never leave home without your business cards
-Check out local fairs and festivals, consider renting a booth
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I think that learning to manage your time effectively is the true sign of adulthood and maturity. The younger I was, the more scatterbrained I was, and the more I procrastinated on things. I still do it from time to time, but I’m getting better.
Time management skills are especially essential for anyone who works from home. There are so many distractions in the home- kids, TV, food, pets- the list goes on. When you work a normal 9-5 in an office or other workspace, you just get up, go to work, get the work done, and come home. For work-from-homers, there are no designated work spaces or work times. You have to create them yourself. For tips on becoming better at managing your time, check out this post by Celestine Chua at Lifehack:
-Create a plan for each day the night before
-Set time limits for tasks
-Use a planner, calendar, or phone app to plan and mark your deadlines clearly
-Know when to say “no”. (In my experience, there are some people who think that working from home= unemployed with endless free time. They try to make plans with you during work hours. While you can be more flexible, no one wants to catch up on work they missed at 1 am).
-Focus on one thing at a time- close all apps and tabs that are not directly related to what you’re working on. Turn off your phone if you can.